0.4% of the population of Peru are living with HIV. Like many countries in Latin America marginalised and stigmatised groups are bearing the brunt of the epidemic – in 2012 56% of new HIV infections were among men who have sex with men.
We work with Via Libre in Peru to promote access to health services for everyone, particularly those most at risk of HIV infection. Via Libre’s work is based on respect for human rights, sexual diversity and gender equality, and ensuring that those are in need of prevention information and treatment get it.
Via Libre also have a HIV clinic and family planning centre which offer testing, treatment and psycho-social support. They also have a laboratory to provide HIV test results onsite, and a pharmacy which sells antiretrovial drugs. Vía Libre conducts behavioural and epidemiological research and clinical trials, as well as research into treatment adherence, information and communications technology and cervical screening for women living with HIV.
Via Libre is also one of the Alliance’s Regional Technical Support Hubs.